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Poppy Middlemas


After visiting our studio spaces and meeting our lecturers, Poppy Middlemas decided to study BA (Hons) Fine Art before going onto study her Masters here at Sunderland.

I chose the University of Sunderland after visiting the studio spaces and meeting the lecturers, which were both excellent. The University is also close which allowed me to stay at home while studying.

I chose a Masters course rather than doing a PGCE because I didn’t think it was the right time for me to study to become a teacher. The Masters course has been a very important aspect of my changing practice. I completed my BA in Fine Art last year and before that, I studied for my A Levels at Sunderland College. 

The best aspect of the MA Fine Art course is the individuality you are supported to pursue in your practice and the help that the lecturers give you at any time you need it. The technicians offer so much support setting up exhibitions too, helping print images and teaching you as much as they can to take away with you once the course is finished. I used the FabLab for my final project and they were extremely helpful given that they had just completed a huge project in conjunction with the new Northern Spire bridge opening.

I would definitely recommend the University of Sunderland to anyone considering studying Fine Art. Be yourself, I know it sounds cheesy but I have finally found myself through this course by listening to myself and following what I wanted to do rather than listening to everyone else’s opinions. Listen to the lecturers, but always take everything each person says before changing. Just be yourself.

I am thinking of pursuing the theoretical side of the art world by researching and reading in my spare time while at work. My future career aim would be to become a buyer or curator of art as well as continuing my practice on a commercial level.

My experience has been an amazing, life-changing journey that will help me pursue my career aspirations."

Published 16 November 2018

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